Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper

Professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies
Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper’s work explores technology and perception. Her experimental work uses photography and video to create poetic connections between ourselves and the environment. Harper’s work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Harvard Art Museums, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, California, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, The New York Public Library, and the Denver Art Museum among other collections. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, a Meredith S. Moody Residency Fellowship and an Elizabeth Ames Residency Fellowship at Yaddo, a Sam and Dusty Boynton Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, and residency fellowships at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Monastery of Halsnøy, Norway and the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Kentucky. A monograph of her work, From Above and Below, was published by Radius Books in 2013. Her work is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art, New York.

Harper’s most recent work Some Observations on Movements of the Earth is an ongoing series of photographs supported by the Guggenheim Foundation in 2014-2015, the Harvard University Climate Change Solutions Fund 2019-2019 and the Harvard University Asia Center 2019. The series is focused on reading land formation and the phenomena that shape it in geologic deep time and in the present, emphasizing the agency of the earth. The current phase of the project is to respond to faster processes that transform the land in a human time span such as landslides, forest fires, flash floods and coastal erosion.

Sharon Harper photo                            Sharon Harper photo 2
Some Observations on Movements of the Earth, 2014 -                             Some Observations on Movements of the Earth, 2014 -
Rockfalls and River Canyons                                                                               Rockfalls and River Canyons
Kings Canyon, California, Untitled No. 2, 2018                                                Kings Canyon, California, Untitled No. 2, 2018 
50 x 38 inches, chromogenic print                                                                    50 x 38 inches, chromogenic print



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(617) 495-9636